Born in 1958 in Vienna, Austria. He lived in Berlin between 1979—when he began filming—and 1984. He studied philosophy (doctoral thesis: Film as Art. Towards a Critical Aesthetics of Cinematography, 1985-1986). He was a founding member of Sixpack Film. Tscherkassky organized several international avant-garde film festivals in Vienna and film tours abroad and, since 1984, authored numerous publications and lectures on the history and theory of avant-garde film. In 1993 and 1994 he was artistic director of the annual Austrian film festival Diagonale. He edited the books Peter Kubelka (1995, with Gabriele Jutz) and Film Unframed. A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema (2012). The book Peter Tscherkassky, by Alexander Horwath and Michael Loebenstein (eds.), was published in Vienna in 2005, in German and English.